Are you new to riding quad bikes?
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Are you new to riding quad bikes? If so, the team at Quadzilla have some recommendations for you.
Quad bikes, or ATVs must be approved, registered, taxed and have an MOT (if needed) to be used on the road. Most quad bikes can’t be used on the road because they don’t meet road safety standards.
So check with the manufacturer if your quad bike has been approved for road use by asking what homologation the vehicle falls into - the only fully road legal quads must be Euro 4 approved now.
For those who want to know more, Euro 4 is a wide-ranging system of emissions laws that apply to every new quad bike and motorcycle sold in Europe, covering not just exhaust emissions, but also noise, safety and hydrocarbon emissions as well.
Having a road registered quad bike also means that if you are a victim to quad bike thieves, when it's recovered, the Police can find you the owner on their database. So you have a better chance of getting it back.
Now, moving on from the basics of what standard your quad bike should meet, the team also have some recommendations on what quad might be right for you. Are you looking for two or four wheel drive? Two wheel drive quads are usually sports models so they can handle light terrain but offer you the chance to become more experienced with handling a quad.
If you're looking for a four wheel drive quad, then you probably want to use it to tow or to travel over difficult, hilly or muddy terrain. Having EPS (electronic power steering) on your quad helps to soften the feeling of the heavier and harder driving experience you get compared to two wheel drive quads.
So by now, you'll know what standards your quad bike meets, whether you need two or four wheel drive (and EPS too), so now what engine size?
We've ridden everything from the smallest to the largest - big on power doesn't always result in the best experience. Although the Z1000 certainly puts a smile on your face! For everyday work around the yard, we choose the Terrain 500 facelift with EPS. It's agile, with power, great towing capacity and looks great. Terrain 500EPS Facelift
But if a package of power, handling and unreal styling is your thing, look for a quad that is 750cc+
Of course we're biased but we love the CFORCE 850XC
Next, you need to thing about servicing, parts, aftercare and longevity of the quad. Does it come with a warranty? Does that cover both parts and labour if there's a manufacturing defect? Be wary of sellers who have no reviews, no company history or haven't been around long - you can find more online about companies than ever before so use Google - it can be your friend.
You may end up paying less for the quad to start with, but can you get parts in a few years when it comes to MOT? We recommend doing research on the brand, the company and the make before you spend any hard earned cash.
The Quadzilla brand and company have been here in the UK and Ireland for over 25 years. Look on eBay, you'll find our quads for sale that still go on 15 years later. We hold an unrivalled stock of parts at our UK warehouse. Feel free to ask your local Quadzilla dealer how long they've been selling our products for, how long we've been around and why not ask the same if you buy elsewhere?
Want to know more - Bikesure have their own guide for new riders